A Sanitation Journey - Principles, Approaches and Tools for Urban Sanitation

Author: Schertenleib, R., Lüthi, C., Panesar, A., Büürma, M., Kapur, D., Narayan, A., Pres, A., Salian, P., Spuhler, D., Tempel, A.

Year: 2021

Publisher: Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA)

The publication provides an orientation to the sector’s current status and future directions, aimed at both sanitation professionals and those outside the sector. The publication describes the historical background of how urban sanitation in the Global South has developed and how the international discourse about strategies to improve urban sanitation have evolved over the past decades. It also presents a set of proven approaches and implementation tools currently in demand to achieve progress in urban sanitation and hygiene.

The outlook chapter advocates for recognising sanitation as a crucial part of the bigger picture of urban sustainability. It argues that sanitation systems offer the potential to be a key contributor to urban sustainability beyond health and hygiene. For example, effluents from wastewater treatment plants can be used for landscaping and urban green spaces. Likewise, the recovery of nutrients from effluents or sludge, for instance, can contribute to urban horticulture, closing the material cycles at local and regional levels.

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